Our Veterinarians

Dr. Craig W. Sandler
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Craig Sandler’s passion for animal care stretches back as far as he can remember—he was only 12 years old when he first began volunteering in the veterinary field. By the time he was a teenager and witnessed his horse struggle through various health issues, he knew that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who cared for them. For Dr. Sandler, a career as a veterinarian was the natural choice!

Dr. Sandler is originally from the New York City suburbs, and came to Jacksonville for his first Associate’s job in 1987. He fell in love with the city and simply never left! Dr. Sandler founded Lakewood Animal Clinic in 1994, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since. He’s particularly fond of dermatology work and preventative medicine, and has a special place in his heart for holistic medicine after alternative therapies helped his own dog to live a happy, normal life.

Dr. Sandler and his wife, Natalie—herself an employee of Lakewood Animal Clinic!—have three children and share their home with a pair of loveable dogs and six cats. When he has spare time between work and family life, Dr. Sandler loves listening to music and attending the theatre, cheering on his favorite football teams, traveling, and hiking and camping in the great outdoors.

    • Rebecca GourleyRebecca Gourley

      The doctor treated my dog after several vets had just practiced medicine. Dr. Sandler is very knowledgeable and treats my pets like family. The whole staff is very caring

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    • Megan AycockMegan Aycock

      Great vet and very knowledgeable!! He took time with our furry babies and completely alleviated our female's allergy symptoms. She now has more energy and plays with our other dogs. Thank you so much!!

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    • m wdifrancom wdifranco

      We TRULY could not ask for anything more in a vet. Dr. Sandler is KIND and empathetic, HE LOVES ALL ANIMALS! He WILL treat your pet with the love and respect that YOU do! We bring ALL our babies to him, and completely trust him. He treats them, and us like FAMILY. PLEASE take your precious pets to the team at Lakewood, they ALL care and treat you & your babies with LOVE & RESPECT❤

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    • Charlene HarperCharlene Harper

      This is an awesome vet practice from the front office to the vet we were treated friendly, professionally and thoroughly! I called yesterday and was given an appt the next day! Ashley (spoke on phone then saw in person) is wonderful! She goes above & beyond to answer questions, make valuable suggestions as well as loving my pet! I took my Buddy to the appt today and I was greeted with a welcoming smile as Ashley greeted my cat by name! She accommodated us immediately (Buddy was stressed out) and helped tremendously thru the paper work and details! The assistant came in and she was also awesome! Speaking to me but focusing on Buddy! Finally the veterinarian came in and immediately connected with my pet! He is amazing with the animals even though he is very “matter-of-fact” and straight to the point he was great with examining and treatment of Buddy! I am so glad I found this vet practice...our new friends!

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    • Anthony EvansAnthony Evans

      They do a great job at working around peoples schedules. Dr. Sandler is really animal focused and does a good job offering advice. Overall I'm pretty happy with the clinic and I have been taking my dog here for a year. I definitely recommend the monthly plans mine saved me hundreds of dollars. I also really like their k9 ear cleaners and shampoos. I use the promox formula and it does great with all of my dogs allergies.

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    • Dana F.Dana F.

      I've been pleased with the service I've received here. My cats had not been to the vet since I moved to the Jacksonville area, since they are indoor cats... Read More

    • Patricia K.Patricia K.

      Excellent doctor and staff--I took my dog Patty in for weight issues, and she's now at her healthy weight; took her for teeth issues, and she now has... Read More